The Journal meets Judith Ritchie, the brains and creativity and beauty (obvi) behind A Box For My Treasure jewellery. We chatted about her move from finance to jewellery design, the best spots in Dublin and some sneak peaks of her new collection.
How did you get to where you are today, what’s the story that sparked ABFMT?
Once upon a time I worked as a marketer in the finance world (yes, really!), but starting playing around with the idea of turning a long-time hobby into a new career when I began selling some of my handmade jewellery at local markets. It was received well and I decided to make the leap into full-time jewellery making in 2010.
Hooray, we’re sure glad you are. It’s always inspiring to hear these sorts of stories, They resonate with a lot of people these days, following your passion.
What or who inspires you on a daily basis?
So many different things inspire me – nature, fashion, art – it changes everyday. I also find lots of inspiration wandering around my city of Dublin.
Ah Dublin is so full of vibrant character. We’ve always loved beavering through the cobbled streets and not hearing a word of English, there’s something very eclectic about it..but very truly Irish at the same time..
Describe an average day, including hot drinks, mid morning snacks, texting your mum…
No day is ever the same, which is one of the wonderful benefits of being self-employed. I work from home (in Stoneybatter – a short distance from Dublin’s city centre) and sit down at my desk in my studio at about 9.30 to start my day, cup of coffee in hand. The day begins with emails and getting orders ready.
I take a break late morning for a walk in the nearby Phoenix Park – my absolute favourite place – perfect for clearing your head and finding inspiration.
Then it’s back to the studio to fill orders and work on new designs. I might take a trip into the city centre during the day to meet a friend for a quick catch up or pop into my favourite shops.
The afternoon includes runs to the post office, listening to podcasts and trying to make sure I’m getting every item on my to-do list done – I live by my to-do lists!
Yes, you are totally preaching to the converted here, us RRR girls, are all about to-do lists.
Ok, so we would love for our readers to get an insight into some of your newer pieces, could you pick 3 of your fav designs and explain a little about them as a piece, how you would wear it and how you see others wearing it too?
My current favourite pieces are the Green Onyx choker necklace – I love how versatile and subtle this necklace is. From a distance you see a tiny flash of vibrant colour and up-close you see how delicate it looks worn high on the neck. This looks amazing layered w/ longer pieces.
The Hammered Bar necklace has been a long-time favourite – it’s a very classic piece and the texture on the bar pendant creates a gorgeous shimmering effect. I love wearing this over a buttoned-up shirt collar.
And the Vertical Bar necklace – this necklace combines edge and glamour and the y-shape of the chain looks gorgeous worn with a loose open neck blouse, for a night-out look.
Agh – so much jewellery love happening right now, wearing the Y shaped necklace down the length of the back looks so elegant.
So, back to Dublin the wee gem that it is. How would you describe Dublin to someone who has never been?
Dublin is a compact, busy and bustling city, jam-packed with bars, restaurants and shops and with everything you need within walking distance.
Where is the best spot for…
Catching up with girl friends
Drury Buildings on Drury Street is a lovely spot for catching up with friends for drinks.
San Lorenzo on South Great George’s St – busy, lively and with a varied brunch menu.
Find unique contemporary design
Scout (Essex Street, Dublin 2) – this lovely shop stocks some great international clothing brands (Armor Lux, Grenson shoes, YMC) and home wares.
Irish Design Shop (Drury Street, Dublin 2) – the best space to shop for beautiful Irish design.
Industry Design (Drury Street, Dublin 2) – interesting and unique home wares. There’s also a lovely little café in the store.
And that concludes our little insight into A Box For My Treasure’s super sweet Judith Ritchie. Shop her collection here